Ed Fahey, Le Mans Correspondent
Exclusive one-on-one chat with Taylor on his Le Mans debut
Representing your country is one thing, but representing your country while driving the car that represents your country at Le Mans is quite another! Jordan Taylor has this massive task ahead of him and is relishing the challenge of racing the #73 GTE-Pro Corvette C6R at Le Mans.
“I’m excited, nervous but really happy to be here. This is the race that made me want to race sportscars over open wheeled cars and I really did not expect to be here so early in my career. It’s still quite a challenge and it’s not been easy in parts. I’d like a clean run and not make any mistakes.”
He spoke of his co-drivers, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia highly: “You couldn’t ask for better team mates than Jan and Antonio, they have several Le Mans wins between them and they are the perfect guys to race with. They are happy to answer any questions I have and I’m sure they were in my position once, they always have the answers for me.”
He added the crew of the #74 car (Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook) were also happy to help, the same as everyone at Corvette Racing. “A great team and a great atmosphere” was his opinion, adding that seeing the many American flags flying around the track gave him a much needed boost. “Especially when driving for Chevy, Corvette and America, it adds pressure but it’s exciting representing America at Le Mans”.
Speaking about the race itself, he was confident that Corvette would take the GTE-Pro victory; “Being with Corvette, we want to win, we have the team and car to win. The GTE field is very strong and fast, but whoever is the most consistent and clean during the race, and stays out of the pits will be there at the end.”